Murder-accused escapes from holding cells in police uniform

2014-08-07 14:23

A search is under way in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, for a 36-year-old man who escaped from a holding cell wearing a police uniform. He was facing charges of rape, burglary, assault and murder.

“Police have launched a massive manhunt following the escape of Tshilidzi Nelson Masindi from police holding cells in Thohoyandou on Tuesday,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said today.

“Masindi left police custody wearing a police uniform, which he stole from a steel cupboard where court orderlies store their uniforms.”

A charge of escaping from lawful custody would be added to the charges Masindi was facing.

It was believed that Masindi opened a locker near where he was being held, found the uniform, changed into it and walked away.

“We believe no one can just walk out of a holding cell. Precautionary measures are meant to ensure that it is locked at all times,” said Mulaudzi.

The policeman on duty faced an investigation for allegedly aiding and abetting Masindi’s disappearance.

Mulaudzi called on members of the public with information concerning Masindi’s whereabouts to report it at their nearest police station.

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